Here are some pics of my first beach fishing trip in Florida.
We headed out from my buddy Capt. Applegate's back yard Thursday afternoon and headed across the bay – set up camp on the beach. We brought 7,9,11 and 12 wts plus he brought 3 little spinning rods.
Ran an anchor with 20’ chain and 100’ rope out so the stern would hit the beach at high tide. Then ran another 100’ of rope off the stern and hauled it as far down the beach as it would go to swing the skiff out off the beach, and anchored it to a 5’ length of 1” re-bar pounded in at the high tide mark and covered it with a PVC pipe which doubled as a rod holder.
This way, we could untie the stern line from the beach and swing the skiff, stern first, into the beach so we could board without getting wet.
Land view. Note the full moon above the tent.
Gulf view. The stern anchor is out of the picture frame on the left.
We saw no one else camping in well over 20 miles of cruising the beach (in the boat).
The following morning was the kind of day you dream about – no wind and the coffee and cream water did not extend far from the beach.
My first cast to a tarpon cruising the edge of the clearer water wound up with an aggressive charge and take at about 9:30 AM. The pics are not much as Applegate was using a video camera.
Backing him up
The hook pulled about 4 minutes after his last jump.
There is no question that this fish which was probably 70-80 lbs was one of the most memorable- even though I lost him when close at hand.
I am now hooked on beach fishing and will definitely be back there again.